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Use of Semiautomatic Treatment Advice to Improve Compliance with Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines for Treatment of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infection: A Before-After Study

Bart J. A. Rijnders, Stefaan J. Vandecasteele, Eric Van Wijngaerden, Paul De Munter and Willy E. Peetermans

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 7, pages 980-983
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/378067
Use of Semiautomatic Treatment Advice to Improve Compliance with Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines for Treatment of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infection: A Before-After Study

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In a large university hospital, the rate of noncompliance with the Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines for treatment of catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) was 44% during 52 consecutively observed episodes of CRBSI. To decrease noncompliance, the physicians who provided care to the next 46 patients with CRBSI received standardized treatment advice by electronic mail. This simple and not labor-intensive intervention decreased guideline noncompliance from 44% to 15% (P < .01).

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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